South Dakota Hunting News

South Dakota Statewide Mountain Lion Season Ends With No. 70

The 2012 Mountain Lion season concluded in the Black Hills on Thursday when the maximum harvest limit of 70 mountain lions was reached.

2011 South Dakota Firearms Antlerless Season Closes Sunday

The 2011 East and West River Firearms Deer Seasons close Sunday, Jan. 8. The firearms seasons reopened on Dec. 31, 2011 for antlerless deer only.

Black Hills, South Dakota Snowmobile Trail Rerouted by Mountain Pine Beetles

The mountain pine beetle epidemic will affect a major Black Hills snowmobile route in the Dumont area when the trail system opens for the season on Dec. 15.

According to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the U.S. Forest Service, portions of snowmobile Trail 2 in the Northern Hills Ranger District will be closed to snowmobiling this winter so trees infested with the beetles can be removed. Crews need cut the infested trees before the beetles take flight next summer, searching for new trees to infest.

Grants Awarded Through South Dakota Archery Program

A dozen lucky South Dakota schools have hit the "bulls-eye" in obtaining grants from funding procured by the state Game, Fish and Parks Department.

Grants totaling $12,000 are being shared by 12 schools to purchase of archery equipment for participation in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). The grants, accompanied by additional funding from GFP, will allow the schools to receive their archery equipment free of charge.

Motorists Encouraged to Watch for Bighorn Sheep in the Black Hills, South Dakota

It's rare to see impressive big-game animals exhibiting annual rights-of-passage and aggressive instincts, but motorists near Cleghorn Springs Fish Hatchery and in the Hill City area are being asked to slow down for sparring bighorn sheep.

Custer State Park, South Dakota to Hold Annual Bison Auction

The 2011 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the park corrals.

South Dakota GFP, DOH to Grant Nature Backpacks Kits to After-School/Out-Of School Programs

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and the Department of Health are teaming up in an effort to increase the amount of time children spend outdoors.

Applications are currently available for the Children in Nature Backpack Grant, which awards a nature backpack to after-school and out-of-school programs in South Dakota.

The backpacks will be in the form of large kits and contain a variety of items to encourage daily outdoor activity, such as insect nets, habitat games, tracks, flying discs, activity idea books, fishing poles and more.

Free Archery Equipment and Training Available to South Dakota Schools

South Dakota school personnel who wish to incorporate the National Archery in the School Program (NASP) in their curriculum have an opportunity to attend free training sessions offered by the Game, Fish and Parks Department.

The free training will be offered on Sept. 26 in Chamberlain, Sept. 30 at Oacoma and Oct. 13 in Rapid City.

South Dakota GFP Introduces Smartphone App for Licenses, Reservations and Information

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department has unveiled an application for Android smartphones.

The program will allow users to access GFP hunting, fishing and camping information and will enable Android phone owners to purchase general hunting and fishing licenses, apply for big game licenses, make campground reservations in state parks, and access the South Dakota Public Hunting maps using the phone's GPS (global positioning system) functionality.

South Dakota Big Game Licenses Still Available

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is in the process of completing big game license lottery drawings for the 2011 hunting seasons, and licenses are still available for purchase.

The first drawing for the East River Deer season is now complete and applications are being accepted, both online and through the mail, for the second drawing.